Bud­get passes House, but won’t pass Se­nate: Dems

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Mo­ments af­ter the House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives ap­proved a Re­pub­li­can bud­get plan that in­cludes sweep­ing changes to Medi­care and Med­i­caid, House Democrats were quick to note the fi­nan­cial frame­work has no chance of be­com­ing law. The House ap­proved House Bud­get Com­mit­tee Chair­man Paul Ryan’s (R-wis.) fis­cal 2013 bud­get res­o­lu­tion that would pro­vide a pre­mium sup­port sys­tem for Medi­care and con­vert the fed­eral share of Med­i­caid fund­ing into block grants for states. House mem­bers passed the bill in a vote of 228-191, but the leg­is­la­tion—which would also re­form the na­tion’s tax code—is not ex­pected to ad­vance in the Se­nate. “The good news is this bud­get is go­ing nowhere fast,” Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD.), rank­ing mem­ber on the House Bud­get Com­mit­tee, told re­porters dur­ing a news con­fer­ence in the Capi­tol. “So this de­bate will be one we take into the elec­tion, but I think it is very im­por­tant that the Amer­i­can peo­ple un­der­stand what’s at stake here. We know that one of the lead­ing Re­pub­li­can pres­i­den­tial can­di­dates—mitt Rom­ney—has fully en­dorsed the Re­pub­li­can plan, so I think peo­ple need to un­der­stand what the con­se­quences of that plan are.” Van Hollen then pre­sented a chart that showed how the GOP plan for a pre­mium-sup­port model in Medi­care would not keep pace with the ris­ing cost of health­care, which, he said, would shift the cost bur­den to Amer­ica’s se­niors.

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